Program Spotlight: University of Utah


Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

Number of students:  41

Application Cycle:  April - August 1 through CASPA w/ supplemental app

Interview dates:  Invites out in October for November intervies

Start date:  Early May

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private:  Public, but no preference given to residents of Utah

HCE:  Minimum 2,000 hours

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 with minimum C in all courses

Shadowing:  Not required

The Good Stuff:

  • This interview with 2 current students in the program is a pretty good representation of most PA programs.
  • Coursework must be completed by the summer before matriculation (so while applying)
  • No GRE required
  • No specific requirement for Organic Chemistry
  • After 1 year, students may apply for in-state status
  • They offer information sessions
  • International rotation options in Thailand or Guatemala
  • The supplemental application is a time-limited form where you answer short essay style questions on the spot.
  • The interview process seems to be a little different here.  In October they send out either an interview invite, a waitlist for an interview, or rejections.  It's a 2-day interview with a group session and a test over medical terminology, anatomy, and other assorted subjects.

Program Link:  University of Utah PA Program

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